John Stewart to Appear in Justice League Dark Film

on July 26, 2016

A short clip of John Stewart was shown in a featurette about the upcoming Justice League Dark animated film. It’s good to know John Stewart appears, but as his short scene is playing, producer James Tucker’s voice is overdubbed saying, “There are Justice League members in it, but they’re not going to be the focus.” Of course John won’t be the focus of something like Justice League Dark, and going by what was said, I don’t think we fans should expect too much from his appearance here. Whether or not you choose to check this film out for a likely minimal John Stewart showing is, of course, up to you.

As for me, I’m not sure. Justice League Dark isn’t a concept I’ve ever been interested in, so I won’t see the film specifically to see those characters together. I don’t follow all of DC’s animated films. I believe the last one I saw was Justice League War, and the last one (and one of the few) I actually liked was Batman: Under the Red Hood. Furthermore, I stopped following paltry John Stewart appearances a while ago, so I think I’ll pass on this unless I hear really great things about it, or it turns out that John has a decent role.

In any event, it’s good to see John in a cartoon again, and I think his design looks great, aside from him lacking green eyes. I suppose in this instance, some John Stewart is better than none, and it’s refreshing to see him instead of Hal Jordan.

At the moment, Justice League Dark doesn’t have an official release date, but is expected to be out later this year.

Zoom to the 1:30 mark in the video below to see the clip with John Stewart:

14 responses to “John Stewart to Appear in Justice League Dark Film”

  1. John Summers says:

    I’m surprised that John Stewart is even making a cameo appearance in this movie. This will likely be one of his last appearances outside the comics though. I just found this Bleeding Cool article that you will want to read.

    It’s pretty much the nail in the coffin for John Stewart and his fans.

  2. Hudson Faber says:

    Hey, Desh! You asked where I was a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been preparing for a professional exam, which has kept me off boards. Happy to say I’m done now.

    Also happy to hear you’ll be working on your own books.

    I’m more interested in what John’s appearance here could mean in the long run since these animated films are often connected to the live action film developments. For example, we saw the Suicide Squad in one of these before their film was announced.

    • Desh Derringer says:

      Hi, Hudson. I hope your exam went well!

      Yeah, I’ve been brainstorming a lot of things while working on Starlit Crisis, and I think I have some pretty strong concepts. I am very determined to see the project published.

      About John’s appearance here… Hmm… You could be on to something. I’m very cautious about getting my hopes up a lot, though. That said, I’m confident John will appear in live action films if the DCEU survives, and I have mixed feelings on if I even want it to, since it has sucked so far to me. I’m more concerned about what John’s role will be, exactly when he will appear, and whether or not he’ll have a good showing.

  3. Steve Rogers says:

    I actually agree on the article that it’s really good to see John Stewart whether his role is minimal or big. It was so annoying to see Hal Jordan everywhere in these animated films. So I’m glad that DC is finally changing their game for the first time in years LOL.

  4. Hudson Faber says:

    I read that the reason Hal isn’t in Justice League is because WB is waiting for the Ryan Reynolds contract to run. If that’s the case, I’m even more baffled that they’re not using John. Maybe they have to wait for the Green Lantern contract to run rather than the Hal contract, but that doesn’t make sense to me…

    • Blakk Jakk says:

      All good questions but I have a really cynical answer as to why that is. Hal Jordan is intended to be the central protagonist of the Green Lantern movie. I say central because if it’s to be believed that John and Kyle will be in it as well, they’ll be diminished to a lesser role as sidekicks basically. If that wasn’t the case, why would Hal Jordan matter so much to DC/WB? The logical thing would be to drop Hal and go with John and maybe introduce him and Kyle in a later installment but that would make too much sense and we can’t have that.

      • Hudson Faber says:

        Including Hal at all seems like a terrible idea to me, but you’re probably right. I shouldn’t be surprised given how mishandled the DCEU has been.

        • Blakk Jakk says:

          In theory, including Hal could work in a later film but considering no one wants to even play Hal at all because the movie was just that bad means that the creators have to figure out what works just as well in his place. Let’s face it, the chances of Hal ever gaining any *good* mainstream recognition is very low. Assuming anyone even cares to remember the movie, when those people think of Green Lantern or Hal Jordan, their mind goes to that dung heap. Kyle hasn’t really had his shot yet of being in the mainstream so if it’s true he’s going to be in GLC, it’s a make it or break it for him and knowing DC/WB, they’re going to screw the pooch. Even if the GLC movie bombs badly, John’s reputation may or may not take a hit but it won’t be as bad as what Hal or Kyle get since he still has the incredible DCAU Justice League cartoons to fall back on.

    • Desh Derringer says:

      Where did you read that? It wouldn’t surprise me if true. I am quite confident that John won’t get his due under the current DC administration, especially since Geoff Johns, one of the key figures instrumental in holding John back, just gets more and more power.

      I think all we’ll see for John Stewart is lip service, consolation prizes, token splash pages that try to make him seem awesome when he’s really not doing anything, because the writers/editors can’t be bothered to actually have him do anything, lies, being a support player to Hal Jordan, and small cameo appearances that don’t really matter. Essentially nothing that will actually appease us.

      As I said elsewhere, I can’t even be bothered to care, though, especially since DC/WB’s efforts have been so horrible. Why should I really care about seeing John Stewart in film or animation if there’s a good 85% chance it’s going to suck? DC is a joke, and I’m not saying that just because I’m a “bitter” fan. They actually REALLY don’t have their acts together over there, which is hilarious considering the amount of resources WB has.

    • Kal says:

      Where’d you get this, Hudson? Personally that makes little sense to me. It’s like if Marvel weren’t allowed to put Spider-Man in Civil War because Andrew Garfield had a 3 picture deal. I’m not sure about the specifics, but I believe these actor contracts are terminated in case the studio decides to not go forward with the franchise, or with their character in it. For instance if Dane DeHaan, who played Harry Osborn, had a 3+ picture deal, but they decided to kill his character off earlier, they would naturally have to terminate the deal. This is what happened to Katie Cassidy who played Black Canary on Arrow, she had a contract for 7 seasons, but Laurel was killed off in S4 and her contract with the CW network was terminated. I don’t see how Ryan Reynolds signing a long-term contract at the time, could prevent the studio from using the Hal Jordan character later on. Besides, WB owns DC and all of their related properties. This isn’t like Marvel’s earlier deals with other studios which subsequently prevented them from using concepts of related properties in their movies, such as James Gunn being forced to change some of the alien races in GoTG, that had originated in Fantastic Four books, etc. The Green Lantern property and everything related to it is owned by WB, so I don’t think this has anything to do with Reynolds. Jordan or any other Green Lantern isn’t in Justice League likely because they are scared of promoting the brand name. Seems like they want to establish the Justice League brand first, before they decide to associate it with any Green Lantern characters. Which kind of makes the Lanterns look second class tbh.

  5. Steve Rogers says:

    Hey Desh, it looks like the Green Lantern film is more of a failure than we all think. Matt Damon also has no interest in playing Green Lantern. He said: “Reboot the Green Lantern? That didn’t go so well the last time. A lot of talented people and it didn’t work, maybe that’s a sign that I should leave it alone.”.

    Funny how some comic readers think Hal Jordan being exposed to the Green Lantern film as an argument on how he’s known to lots of people now make it a good thing, but not realizing that he’s a character that was exposed to all of these people and flopped and no one in the GA seems to really care about.

    • Blakk Jakk says:

      I don’t. I would rather everyone forget that piece of crap existed. I personally only want good reception to be given to the Green Lantern’s name regardless of which Green Lantern. As an aside, Ted Kord’s my favorite of the Blue Beetles but guess what? His popularity among comic readers is eclipsed by Jaime Reyes taking over as the Blue Beetle for years and appearing in so much media. There’s no denying by now that if you ask anyone who is familiar with Young Justice about Blue Beetle that they associate the superhero with Jaime Reyes and not Ted Kord. Here’s a surprise: I don’t hold that against Jaime in the slightest. In fact, I like it a lot because he hasn’t been attached to any real stinkers that have hurt the Blue Beetle’s public profile and that he’s singlehandedly bringing the Blue Beetle’s popularity up better than either of the two previous Blue Beetles ever did. But hey, who needs to be sane and rational when it comes to fandom right? It really says something when Hal Jordan fans are willing to hold onto a pile of crap like the Green Lantern movie under the premise of “there’s no such thing as bad press.” If high profile actors aren’t just flocking to play John Stewart but also turning down the role of Hal Jordan, it really does show that any mainstream attention isn’t necessarily going to go over well.

    • Desh Derringer says:

      And what’s funny is there are all these people, even huge names, standing in line to play John Stewart. And what is sad is that DC/WB will likely STILL put out another Hal Jordan movie (if the DCEU even gets that far), even though there are about 100,000 reasons to use John Stewart instead. That’s the type of thing that really turns people against them.

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